Real v Reel: Is Lee Byeong-heon directorial 'Dream' a true story based on Homeless Football World Cup?
The answer is a big yes. Dream is a true story directed by Lee Byeong-heon who was inspired to make the film after watching a documentary about the Homeless Football World Cup-
Netflix is always known for bringing out-of-the-box content. From fiction to animation, Netflix enjoys a massive user base worldwide. However, in true story content, Netflix often hits a home run that bamboozles fans pleasantly. Now, Korean fans are having a ball at Netflix ever since the comedy-drama movie Dream has been released on the OTT giant platform. Directed by Lee Byeong-Heon, the South Korean movie titled- Dream was released on Netflix on July 25, 2023 and ever since then, Kfans are lavishing praise on the makers for bringing out light-hearted-yet true story content. Dream was first released in theaters in April this year and now it is available to stream on Netflix. Talking about the star cast, Dream features Park Seo-Joon, best known for his characters in the series Kill Me, Heal Me etc as the male lead, while Lee Ji-eun, a.k.a. IU as the female lead. As per reports, the movie raked in US$8.6 million at the box office, which means Dream was loved by the people of Korea. Now, the question arise whether Dream is a true or Dream is a real story or not? To know the answer continue reading-
Is Dream a true story?
The answer is a big yes. Dream is a true story directed by Lee Byeong-heon who was inspired to make the film after watching a documentary about the Homeless Football World Cup. Dream is based around real-life Homeless World Cup events. Dream is a comedy-drama but a true story which means it is unique as well. For those who don't know, the Homeless World Cup is an annual association football tournament organized by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, a social organization that advocates the end of homelessness through the sport of association football. The organization puts together an annual football tournament where teams of homeless people from various countries compete. The first annual football tournament for homeless people took place in 2003 in Graz, Austria.
Talking about the movie Dream, it revolves around Hong-dae, played by Park Se0-joon. The movie starts when Hong-dae meets Lee So-min (IU), who is an aspiring director assigned to shoot the documentary accompanying the team to the World Cup. The two set off on the wrong foot, only to realise their end goal from this tournament is the same. While Hong-dae wants to succeed in his mission, So-min wants to prove herself as a documentary filmmaker. For this, they team up together for unexpected events. The official synopsis of the movie says, "With hard work and dedication on lock, a group of homeless men train to compete in a global tournament — despite a cranky coach."